Election Day Education

Students enrolled in the Syracuse City School District’s Public Service Leadership Academy (PSLA) at Fowler spent part of election day at OCC and got a lesson in citizenship. A full day of activities were planned for the 26 students who attended including:

  • Political science interactive exercise with OCC political science professor Nina Tamrowski.
  • Overview and tour of the polling place in Mulroy Hall given by Sue Tormey, OCC’s director of government relations.
  • Tour of campus given by admission counselor Jason Barnes.
  • Leadership workshop and seminar led by Monty Flynn, director of special projects.
  • Tour of “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War Exhibit” in the Whitney Applied Technology Center Atrium.
  • Panel discussion on the Lincoln exhibit.
RESIZED students fill out ballot
Students were given an actual ballot to examine and fill out.

Isaac Ginty, a 9th grade student was impressed with his visit to campus. “I thought it was really interesting. I learned people vote on paper ballots now. I really enjoyed the Lincoln Memorial Exhibit. It was a great experience.”

The students’ visit was made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council of Humanities. “OCC was excited to offer this opportunity to our partners at PSLA at Fowler. Our ongoing relationship with them and commitment to the students has allowed these unique and positive experiences to occur,” said Shannon Patrie, OCC’s Associate Vice President of Enrollment Development.